ACTIVITY WEAVES WAY TO THE FORE
TECHNIQUE BECOMES ON TREND
THOSE in the know with the latest in DIY trends may have noticed that the old craft technique of weaving is having a revival.
Fortunately, you no longer need a lot of time and a machine bigger than you to learn how to weave your way to making a colourful wall hanging or stylish scarf.
Talented weaver and designer Rainie Williams from The Unusual Pair will be showing how it is done as a guest speaker at Sydney’s Stitches and Craft Show in March.
“I will be doing demonstrations throughout the day and I will have limited things for sale,” she says.
Williams says small rectangular and round looms can be easily used to hand weave many items.
“My mini-sized looms are about the size of an A5 page and you can pretty much get weaving done in about an hour or so,” she says.
“You can make wall hangings, coasters or placemats and you can make patches and turn them into larger scale projects, like scarfs and blankets.
“Wall hangings are definitely the most popular at the moment. They are all over websites like Pinterest and Instagram.”
With a few tools, some yarn and the mastering of a few simple tech- niques, Williams says people can quickly master the art of hand weaving.
“It’s got a real meditative nature to it and it’s a good way to keep your hands busy,” she says.
“Once you get the hang of things, it’s really easy to start weaving organically because it just comes naturally to you.
“Once you start, you won’t be able to put it down.”
Rainie Williams will show some simple weaving techniques at the Stitches and Craft Show at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse from March 3 to 6.